I liked it.....wish it had more depth of character and wish more of everything had been more exciting and wish it had ended differently but overall...it gets my vote.
Absolutely wonderful. Some difficult material, deftly handled, beautifully written, warm and lovely, genius. Characters you fall in love with.
I had to skip over part of the middle of the book and feel like I lost a lot of the story.
That being said, while I loved Arthur Opp and would read any book that was ALL about this character, all other characters in this novel felt like wallpaper. I finished this book with some regret that I had to leave Arthur behind, half-known.
Good book, but not great (for me). Otherwise, I recommend it to anyone who cheers for the underdog.
Other books it reminds me of:
1. A Confederacy of Dunces
2. Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-time
very enjoyable read - moving at times.
Aurthur is a 550 lb. shut-in whose only link to the outside world is a dishonest correspondence with his former student, Charlene. Charlene's son, Kel, is a high school athlete who, because of his mother's alcoholism, is just as isolated and ashamed as Arthur. Both characters struggle to face the truth about their lives and to overcome their isolation to forge real relationships. The theme of connection is underscored by surprising bonds between the two characters that are revealed as the novel progresses. Although the switches between the two first-person narratives can be murky occasionally, this is a great choice for a book discussion. (WeAreSpartacus / Ms_Fitz)
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